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1960 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite For Sale!!
in Connecticut.
"The owner will be happy to negotiate a fair price for this Bugeye."

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  Iíve been working on this 1960 Bugeye for about 4 1/2 years. I bought it from my neighbor as a rusting hulk, and have put many hours of work and many dollars into its restoration. I do not claim to be any sort of expert on Bugeyes or on auto mechanics. Iíve learned on the job, and have sought expert help, as Iíve needed it. The attached photos show the vehicle as it now stands. Here is what I do know:

This is a 1960 Austin Healey. The tag says it is an AN5L/25718. It is, for the most part, all original. The engine is the original 948. The transmission is original, as is the chassis, the front and rear suspension, and most of the interior.

The body, when I bought it, was beyond repair, but I was lucky enough to find a replacement body on e-Bay, and that is what you now see. I used an auto rotisserie to do the restoration. I did the dismantling and reassembly myself.

It is safe to say that Iíve touched every part of this car with my loving hands. The mechanical parts of this Bugeye are all in superb shape. The engine was rebuilt by Sports and Classics in Darien, Connecticut. The same is true for the transmission and the carburetors. I admit to knowing little about engines, transmissions, or carburetors, but Sports and Classics has a national reputation for excellent restoration work. Theyíve been advising me on a fairly regular basis throughout this restoration. I am confident that the mechanical work is of top I did none of the bodywork myself. I had an expert in auto body restoration handle that. He has taken special care to make the car look as good as possible. There are a few dings here and there. One problem area for this part of the restoration was the bonnet. The bonnet came with the original body, and when it was attached to the chassis the fit wasnít great along the wheel wells. The auto body man added a device that pulled the fenders in to make a nicer fit. One of those devices has since fallen off, and I have not had it replaced. To be honest, Iím not sure they are necessary. The paint job is very nice nonetheless.Iíve had a friend who knows cars and engines do the final carburetor tuning and timing adjustments. It runs like a Bugeye, which is to say that it hums sometimes, it sputters sometimes, and it is hard to start sometimes. Anyone who owns a Bugeye is very familiar with this quirk.

The restoration is not complete. From the photos you can see, for example, that the license plate light is missing, as is one chrome piece from a rear turn lamp. I just havenít put them on. There are some hanging wires and bulbs behind the dash. This is the same story. Suffice it to say that I havenít put every last piece on the vehicle, but I have all of them. This list includes: mirrors, air filter cover, carpeting, heater air hoses and clamps, top, side curtains, door aprons, badges, emblems, etc..

Why am I selling this car? The simple reason is that Iíve run out of time and patience. I hurt my shoulder and it is difficult for me to work on the Bugeye. I hold no animosity towards it, and Iím glad I undertook the challenge. It is now time to move on. Iím hoping someone will enjoy this car the way it is supposed to be enjoyed. If you have any questions, please call me at 203-866-5451 or e-mail me.

Bob Berwick
 


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